Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.85/5 rDev +27%
18.7 oz. bottle. Samuel Smith's Organic Lager has a thick, creamy, white head and a slightly hazy, extremely bubbly, straw appearance, leaving lots of thick lacing behind. The aroma is sweet barley malt, biscuit, and just a touch of stinging hops. Taste is wonderful- sweet barley malt, sugar, water, and good hop balance. Mouthfeel is light, and Samuel Smith's Organic Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, ultra drinkable, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a most excellent beer!
07-21-2012 15:35:28 | More by RonaldTheriot
4.83/5 rDev +26.4%
500mL bottle poured into a pilsener glass.
Pours out looking like a dressed up macro lager, but things are too early to tell everything so far, darker for sure, a pale gold with a first a foamy white head that becomes ever rockier as the beer settles down a bit in the glass.
This is easily the cleanest smelling euro pale lager I've ever happened across, so stella skunk, in fact the aroma is so rare for this style of beer you would probably think it was an English pale before you thought of it a pale lager, that is how rich and sweet the hop character comes out in this beer. Honey comb, slightly grassy, mild apple but generally very flowery and sweet.
Taste brings me back down to earth a bit but still remains about the best pale lager I've ever tasted. Malts play a bigger role here as they should and the beer takes on a chewiness that you would not expect from its appearance. Grassy, rich earthy tones for balance but an ever present and lingering bitterness, only a slight hint of bready grains coming in near the finish. Yet as suprisingly chewy as the mouthfeel is it retains a bright, snappy and uplifting feel that makes each sip a joy.
Style wise this beer is tops, have never been happier to drink a beer labled 'euro pale lager' in my life. As a session it is hard to beat, light, crisp, refreshing and complex without being pretentious. Fantastic beer, should be the benchmark for all other beers of this style. Drinking a beer like this makes me wonder why/how macro beer became what it is today. I suppose capitalism had something to do with it when companies realized they could make tons of money even after cutting back on more expensive ingredients. That being said though, I am willing to bet my paycheck that if you gave this beer to a stone cole BMC drinking in a blind taste test with the BMC product of thier choice they would choose this beer every time and then immediatly after realizing this they would commit suppoku for the unbearable amount of shame such a realization brings and spill their entrails right on the floor of the tasting room. That is how good this beer this.
12-30-2008 05:39:45 | More by bluemoonswoon
4.8/5 rDev +25.7%
Presentation: Great big 550ml custom brown Victorian pint bottle (a real pint), with old-style labeling. No freshness stamp. Organically Certified brew.
Appearance: Beer pours great, leaving a hodge-podge of different bubble sizes in a pure white, foam lace of a head. Colour is a clear, bright, pale yellow.
Smell: Clean and crisp nose, with light fruity, grain, floral and metallic aromas. Delicately aromatic.
Taste: A rich malty lager with a pleasant sweetness that is balanced, and complemented, by a mildly lime-like hop bitterness and floral flavour. Light, complex fruity notes, and a touch of watery grape-like character. Crisp, semi-dry, but an overall smooth mouthfeel and a firm body. Tame metallic and fresh bread notes pull through as the beer warms. Finishes just a tad dry with some trace grain and metallic flavours.
Notes: I can't remember a cleaner, fresher tasting imported lager. It's absolutely outstanding, and organic which is a big plus. I hope others follow suit and we all see more organically brewed beers worldwide.
Thanks to Merchant Du Vin for the fresh sample.
02-26-2001 20:24:40 | More by Todd
4.78/5 rDev +25.1%
Appears very pale yellow and slightly murky like a wheat with 1 finger white head and decent retention and carbonation.
S - I really like the freshness and grassy scents of this beer. It smells like a meadow in the springtime. Very pleasant for the style.
T - Oh wow. That is what I said to myself after taking a sip (or actually a big first gulp) of this beer. This beer has that very distinct European flavorings of the best German or Czech lagers you can think and can't quite be replicated in the US, but absolutely none of the off-putting skunkiness that often resonates in imported Euro Lagers. Incredibly sessionable and light with slight crisp finish and no dryness like you sometimes get with some over hopped pilsners.
M - wonderful for the style
Overall - I think this may be one of my new favorite session beers. I'll revisit this one quite often. This is a world class lager in my book. Probably the best Euro Lager I've sampled. Samuel Smith makes another masterpiece, and is a brewery that is certainly one of the best on the planet.
04-19-2013 23:42:48 | More by bubseymour
4.68/5 rDev +22.5%
Served into a wine glass from a 550 ml brown bottle (I would't have this in any other size..perfect!)
A: Very clear, bright yellow in color. Small white head that doesn't stay long. Some lacing in the glass.
S: Nice grassy smell, very smooth.
T: A lot of malt in the begining and some light bitterness at the end. The bitterness is light but stays as a true companion.
M: Medium body and medium carbonation, kind to the palate.
D: Very high. I am not experienced or fan in the style (this is the reason why I don't rate it with a higher score), but it feels like this is the real thing.
Being from Mexico, makes me aware, that this is the beer Mexico used to have. Too bad we just have cheap copies of it.
This beer shows me why I like this Brewery so damn much.
01-04-2010 00:46:43 | More by jazztoloc
4.63/5 rDev +21.2%
This is a wonderful lager, rich, tasty and complex, but light.
Deep gold, it has a big, dense, white head that shrinks slowly and leaves some lace.
The aroma is a stronger, more full-bodied take on pale lagers, quite malty with grain, some bread, quite flowery, with herbs and a mustiness.
The taste is very nice, full bodied, with good light complexity. It has bread and grain, with a flowery herbal-lemon bitterness and some apple, great bitter-sweet balance, with strong malt taste transitioning into a pleasantly bitter, hoppy finish. Refreshing and tasty, it's very smooth and drinkable.
10-26-2008 05:15:55 | More by Offa
4.6/5 rDev +20.4%
Poured out a clear golden color with a two finger white head that left a nice lacing down the side of the glass. It is the perfect look for a Pale Lager and even had better retention than most of the others I have had.
Smell is floral, earthy, bready and fruity. Lots of apples and pears in the nose with a nice blend of the other scents in the background. I'm a bit surprised by the strong esters in this beer but really enjoyed them, it has set a new standard for the style.
Taste is identical to the smell, with floral, earthy and bready flavors as it goes down and that clean ester flavor throughout. Very clean, very refreshing.
Body is a little thin, but very refreshing beer that is remarkably easy to drink.
12-16-2009 18:17:04 | More by mullenite
4.6/5 rDev +20.4%
Simply put, this is an amazing combination of drinkability and unique tastiness. It's got all the refreshing qualities of a good lager, with a whole bunch more. The aftertaste has a delicious creaminess that lingers on the palate and tickles my tongue. Every sip makes me want more. I have to say, I have never tasted a lager this good. Even though it traveled here all the way from England, it tastes as fresh as the day it was bottled. At around $10 for a four pack it's a bit pricey, but I find myself looking forward to the next time I can buy it non-the-less.
11-19-2009 01:14:42 | More by abriggs1
4.58/5 rDev +19.9%
This is perhaps one of the most drinkable lagers on the planet...perhaps the entire universe. Pours out a deep golden color with a puffy and foamy white head. The lace lingers and fades slowly, leaving spotty traces. The aroma is of sweet caramel malt; a faint whiff of fruit and light floral hops arouses the senses. The lightly herbal and slightly sweet malt is a perfect compliment to the citrusy and tea-like hops. This heavenly liquid is balanced, rounded and smooth, but flavorful. The complexion and flavors change ever so subtly as the glass warms and the change is good. One is not enough!
05-22-2003 06:36:18 | More by BeerResearcher
4.55/5 rDev +19.1%
Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with almost no head. Very thin and frothy. Has thin lacing.
Smell - Sweet with bready and pale malts, along with corn and grains.
Taste - Pale malts, very sweet, corny, grains, grassy, and bready.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp.
Overall - This is a very good lager. It's interesting to try an organic beer. It's very refreshing and would be great on a summer day.
05-25-2012 03:22:02 | More by jsisko01
4.53/5 rDev +18.6%
By far, the BEST lager I have ever tasted. Clear golden color underneath a beautiful fluffy white head that won't go away and sticks all over the glass. Aroma is somewhat spicy, almost that of a Belgian ale. Good malt character, and a smoothness to kill for. Slight hop flavor towards the end. This is what all American lagers wish they could be.
10-16-2002 21:12:26 | More by IrishRedRock
4.53/5 rDev +18.6%
Wow what a lager. Pours a nice pale yellow with a nice foam head, lacing will linger on the glass. The smell uprfront has floral tones mixed with fresh fruit, a very clean nose. The taste is smooth and refreshing. The fruit taste is so pleasant with the subtle sugared grain that you can't help but raise the glass over and over. Light bodied and very pleasant, god bless this beer.
09-24-2004 22:08:39 | More by beertaster13
4.53/5 rDev +18.6%
Not much that comes from Samuel Smith will ever bear a bad review from any beer drinker, even the "beer stinks, i drink liquor" beer drinker. So, as the name implies, this is an organically produced lager style beer, and it has loads of good things to be said for that fact. It's a cleaner beer, the fermentation isn't rushed (which is noticeable in it's overly appetizing appeal), the human body copes and digests the beer with more ease (so it's healthier for you!!), and it tastes absolutley impeccable for being a lager. This beer has a knuckle of creamy head, a pleasant nose of dainty crisp fall-wheat, golden cereal there too. The flavor is basically an overpronouncement of the nose. Very hearty cereal grained, some dryness, a quenching acidity on the finish, and a lingering hay taste. yes, i've eaten hay and so have you. Mouthfeel and weight of the brew: it's easy to drink. It doesn't burden the palate by any stretch of the imagination, and you will welcome yourself to another and another, and probably, one or two more.
Great Beer. Period.
05-18-2006 01:50:29 | More by CNeilP09
4.53/5 rDev +18.6%
Presentation: Same as most have said, large brown bottle, nice old-fashioned label. Very appealing.
Pour: Smooth pour with lots of bubbles that stick to the side like a Sprite.
Smell: Like a strong, malty lager. Grass and dirt, maybe corn.
Taste: Outstanding. This is what the cheap lagers that many drink are hoping to reminisce on. You might understand why Bud tastes like it does and where this style comes from when you taste something like this.
Comments: All people who hate cheap beer should drink this to see what it is modeled off of. There aren't many lagers this good.
05-14-2011 23:02:07 | More by AMERADJUNCTPROF
4.5/5 rDev +17.8%
Light straw old with a large white fluffy head. Clear liquid with good retention and lacing. Smell is light sweet malt breadiness with a twang that is typical of an organic ale. Nice light herbal hops. Taste is just grand and proper. Smooth malt and grains with a touch of funk and earth. A hint of doughy sweetness. Dry clean finish features excellent hops with some bread crusts and crackers. Feel is light, crisp, and quenching. A gentle carbonation aids feel and drinkability which is superb. I went through my 500 ml bottle in a flash. This has taste profile that goes with so many things that I could spend a month drinking and combining foods. Yum!
02-04-2011 22:18:24 | More by scootny
Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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